Nisqually Vista Trail

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Nisqually Vista Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

1.0 miles
160 feet

kid friendly






wild flowers

no dogs

Beautiful views of Nisqually Glacier wth a short walk from Paradise VC.

11 days ago

Simply beautiful!

2 months ago

Being from NY, with a little bit of hiking done in the upstate region, this trail was my introduction to Mount Rainier Park. It was perfect. Snow was covering the ground, so if you have micro spikes, it’s best if you bring them! The views of the mountain was breathtaking and it was good loop for beginners. Yay!

5 months ago

Easy paved trail with beautiful wild flowers!!

5 months ago

Relatively easy. Trails is paved. Get some nice up close views of Rainier.

7 months ago

Went out on Father's Day and the trail was still covered with snow. Beautiful, east hike even snow covered!

7 months ago

Easy walk with amazing vistas. Great trail to venture around if you're short on time

10 months ago

Great view of the nisqually glacier. Have flyfished many miles of the nisqually river all the way down to the delta

10 months ago

Hiked with the kids in 2001. Best to see it early August. Also stayed the night at Paradise. Great memory.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gorgeous hike with views of Mt. Rainier and wildflowers.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Lovely walk, however it is a paved trail which I was not anticipating. As well as it is insanely busy, so show up very early, and prepared to walk, not hike. That being side this trail has lovely views and amazing viewpoints, a must do trail while at the park. It is not physically taxing nor is it time consuming.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

loved this trail! short and still enough up hill to get a decent work out with excellent views.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Lovely views of Mt Rainier!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Would be better with snowshoes, but still short enough of a hike to do with boots. On a clear day, this view of and closeness to Mt Rainier can't be beat! Great for families!

cross country skiing
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Even though the clouds were covering the top part of the mountain, it was still a majestic sight. Not as much snow as there should be because of the little snowfall over this past winter. Even the Nisqually River was below normal level. Still need good shoes to trek through the snow patches.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Happy 114th Birthday! I went on a snowshoe hike for the parks birthday in 2013.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

We actually went snowshoeing there recently (it's open for snowshoeing in the winter months, so don't let the weather deter you). Even though some of the views were blocked by moody cloud cover, the trees were blanketed in snow and it was BEAUTIFUL. A winter wonderland straight out of a Thomas Kinkade painting. And the moody cloud cover actually made for some nice photogenic opportunities that are rarely seen. I highly recommend visiting during the snowy months if you have access to a vehicle that will get you there.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Amazing glacier shots. Saw a few black tail deer and some other wildlife.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Perfect view of Mountain Rainier. Short trail. A must do!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Short, easy spectacular! Can't find a better view of the mountain with Nisqually Glacier and moraine field. Third week of Aug. found the wildflowers in full bloom!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The Nisqually Vista trail shows you the parts of Mount Ranier National Park that you see in books and on TV: alpine meadows, wildflowers, coniferous trees, glacial valleys, and the mountain itself. On a clear, sunny day like the day we hiked the trail, the views are absolutely beautiful. The mountain is awesome, and, when studying Avalanche Lillies up close or watching the Nisqually River flow out from underneath Nisqually Glacier, you can't help but wonder how something as destructive as a volcano could have created so much beauty.

The trail itself is paved and is relatively easy hiking. If you hike it in summer, watch out for the bees. Summer is about six weeks long on Mount Ranier, and the bees are working overtime!

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